Emily Reddy / WPSU Producer
Our ten-year-old son has a variety of hobbies including cello, chess and swimming. But his favorite subject is the NFL. He’s learned professional football is a universal language among the males in his life. Whether discussing Red Grange or Tom Brady, his eyes light up. “What if Eli Manning had stayed with the Chargers? What if the American Football League…
Marjorie Maddox’s Local News from Someplace Else is a collection of poems about how the tragedies we hear about in the news affect us at home. Amanda Richards reviews.
When I was ten, reading was the last thing I would do for fun. I always finished assigned readings for class, but I never enjoyed them. I had to motivate myself to read. I would choose a book, read for fifteen minutes, and then reward myself with a snack or television show. Reading was the thing I couldn’t wait to…
Martha Freeman’s Chickadee Court Mysteries are set in a town based on State College. Shelby Caraway reviews Who Stole New Year’s Eve?, the latest installment in the series.
I am ten years old and I can barely contain my excitement as I run down the stairs ready to rip open my presents underneath the Christmas tree. When I reach the tree, I find nothing. Not a single gift in sight, just the raw feeling of disappointment. Unexpectedly, however, my parents are standing behind me with an intangible surprise.
Penn State Reads is a new program that encourages first-year students to read the same book over the course of a school year. The inaugural pick, Eyal Press’s Beautiful Souls, explores why people choose to stand up for what they believe is right, even when it’s difficult to do so. Our reviewer, Jonathan Marks, is the director of Penn State’s…
Our series, Beyond the Classroom looks at the college experience beyond bookwork and classes. Two recent college graduates have created a place for students and young professionals with big goals for the future. “Co.Space” opened in downtown State College in August as both a place to live and a place to plan how to make the world a better place.…
I believe in Christmas, but not in the way you might think; let me try to explain. I’m not Christian (or Jewish, or Muslim, or Buddhist…) or any other religion. I wouldn’t say I’m an atheist, though – I definitely believe in something. It’s not easy to qualify what that is when the usual labels don’t fit, but I think…
WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In August, we gathered stories about farm life at the Pasto Agricultural Museum at Ag Progress Days outside of State College. Sue Smith interviews her husband Ron about life growing up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin.